Every parent can use a little downtime sans kids to unwind and relax at the end of the day––especially if you’ve spent the entire day (or several months) inside with them! The easiest way? A Netflix binge session of your new favorite show. In fact, a study conducted by Netflix found that nine out of ten moms feel that watching TV and movies alone is valuable “me-time,” so we found the best shows on Netflix to binge watch. From silly comedy to political thrillers, there’s something for everyone. Pop that popcorn and scroll down to see the list.
Inspired by the true story of NFL pro footballer Spencer Paysinger, the CW's All American is currently streaming two seasons on Netflix. If you need your sports drama fix, you'll easily get lost in this show centered on the clash of cultures between South L.A. and Beverly Hills. Did we mention the show also features Taye Diggs?
If you enjoy a good sci-fi-series with plenty of twists and turns, then this is the show for you. This anthology series takes a chilling look at the future and the impact of technology on our lives.
Better Call Saul
Chances are you've already binged the ground-breaking series that started it all, Breaking Bad. It might not seem possible to have a more compelling story than Walter White's, but Saul Goodman just might top it with his origin story. This is a must-watch for fans looking to replace the void of Breaking Bad, but it also stands perfectly on its own.
This suspenseful political thriller is a British import that sets a war veteran as the guardian to a politician with a questionable agenda. Is he protecting her or, is there something else afoot? You'll be pulled into the surprising twists instantly.
Call the Midwife
The eight-season show (season nine is just starting over on PBS!) will keep you occupied for days. Based on the best-selling memoir, Call the Midwife stars Vanessa Redgrave and follows a new midwife and her colleagues at a nursing convent in 1950's East London.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
If you like to laugh and you can never get enough coffee, then you'll be an instant fan of this series starring Jerry Seinfeld and a parade of your favorite comedians from Tina Fey to Kristen Wiig. The jokes and adult conversation are the perfect antidotes to a long day with kids.
Can’t get enough of the Royal family? This intriguing look at the reign and romance of Queen Elizabeth II will more than satisfy. It certainly doesn't hurt that it stars the Oscar-winning Olivia Coleman as her royal highness.
Dead to Me
This dark and twisty mystery about a grieving widow and her new BFF (starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) will suck you in instantly, and you won't be able to stop watching till you reach the shocking end. Luckily there are two seasons to keep you entertained.
If you spent your childhood watching the Tanner family, then you’ll love seeing Stephanie and DJ all grown up and tackling parenthood in a way that feels like family. The entire five-season series is available to binge for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
What happens when a picture-perfect, stay-at-home mom breaks bad? Good Girls. Part Weeds, part Breaking Bad, this series is a dark, but fun fantasy escape that will draw you in from the first episode.
The Good Place
Eleanor Shellstrop died and found herself in the Good Place on accident. On a mission to stay there, she tried to become a better person. You can watch three out of the four seasons now on Netflix.
Meredith Grey is here for us in a big way––for 16 seasons on Netflix! You can definitely get your McDreamy fix as you follow the cast through plenty of ups and downs at their Seattle hospital.
Hit-maker Ryan Murphy has created another winner in this Post-World War II saga that follows a group of aspiring young stars trying to make their way in Tinseltown.
With just two seasons and future ones on hold indefinitely, sitting down for a binge watch of MINDHUNTER is a must. Jonathan Groff stars as Holden Ford (based off real-life FBI agent John Douglas), one of the first criminal profilers. He and his partner work to expand the field of criminal science with their up close and personal interviews and research on serial killers in the 1970's.
There's a pretty big chance you've already seen this entire series, but it's still perfect for binge-watching over and over again. Spending time with the employees at Dunder Mifflin is a little like snuggling up with your favorite cozy blanket, and since the show will be leaving Netflix at the end of 2020 get those snuggles in while you can.
Based on the New York Times best-selling series of books by Diana Gabaldon, this epic show follows the saga of Claire, an English nurse in WW2, who finds herself suddenly flung back in time to Scotland in 1743.
Season three of Ozark is finally available and not a moment too soon. If you aren't already a fan, the show follows a financial advisor who uproots his family from Chicago and moves to the Ozarks. There, he must launder money to appease a drug boss. The dramatic show features Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and tons of other standout actors that will keep you from putting down the remote.
Parks and Recreation
Settle in for seven seasons of Leslie Knope! The NBC fave follows the big-dreaming government official who's given a rural department and less than willing bureaucrats. Catch up while you still can, this gem leaves Netflix this fall.
Ben Platt, Ryan Murphy, Jessica Lange and Bette Midler. How could you possibly go wrong with this hilariously dark comedy about a wealthy high school student on the self-designated fast track to becoming the next POTUS?
It’s hard not to get instantly drawn into the world of New York City’s LGBTQ balls in the mid-’80s. The incomparable Billy Porter stars along with an incredible cast who bring this mesmerizing world to life.
Queen of the South
Originally on the USA Network, this action-packed series takes you along for the ride with Teresa, a woman forced to work for a drug cartel when her boyfriend is murdered. For fans of Weeds, Breaking Bad and Good Girls, it’s an instant hit.
This dark comedy in the vein of Groundhog Day was created by Amy Poehler and stars Natasha Leon. Leon's character is celebrating her 36th birthday on New Year's Eve when she falls into a mysterious loop that has her dying and re-living the same day over and over again.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
Based on a true story, this compelling new series stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as the titular character, along with Tiffany Haddish and Blair Underwood. Walker, a Black Washerwoman, becomes the first female self-made millionaire after growing a beauty empire from scratch.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation brings us this gem. The show follows the uber-rich Rose family who find themselves out of cash and living in a cruddy hotel in a town they bought named––you guessed it––Schitt's Creek. You can binge five out of the six seasons streaming now on Netflix.
Have you already binged every season of The Office twice? Then you’ll want to check out this new “workplace” comedy starring Steve Carrell as he leads the country’s first Space Force. There are plenty of laughs for all, no matter which side of the aisle you stand on, Star Wars or Star Trek.
From the mysteries of the Upside Down to '80s references at every turn, this expertly crafted series is unlike any other on television, despite feeling comfortingly familiar. Stranger Things will grab you from the start and refuse to let go till you've watched every single second.
Based on the novels by Sherryl Woods, this new Netflix series follows the story of unbreakable friendship between friends Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue as they navigate life in the small, Southern town, Serenity.
This hilariously relatable mom-com explores life as a working mom, and it follows four friends as they balance the impossible chaos of motherhood and returning to work.
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